Cell phone dependency; a societal downfall or improvement?

People across the globe use cell phones daily. Dependency on phones has been increasing in recent years as our society becomes more accustomed to having information at their fingertips at all times.

People across the globe use cell phones daily. Dependency on phones has been increasing in recent years as our society becomes more accustomed to having information at their fingertips at all times.

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If you take a moment to look around you, you’ll see what you always see. But, if you take a closer look, you’ll most likely see that everyone has a cell phone. Either in their pocket or in their hand, it’s always near them, never far away.

In recent years, cell phones have become a large part of our society. We do everything on them, research, communication, entertainment. If you don’t have a phone, you’re left out and somewhat secluded because you don’t know what happened on twitter last night or who did what on snap chat the other day.

We have become so obsessed with documenting what is happening and constantly being glued to our phones that we often forget to enjoy life as it comes.

“My phone is a part of me that I just don’t want to give up,” junior Jaylynn Nawrocki said.

Everyone is dependent upon phones in our world of instantaneous information and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Having this amount of material at our fingertips every second of the day makes our lives a whole lot easier.

When people once had to make the trek to the library and search for the perfect book containing the answer for a question, a lot less questions were answered. But now, with advancements like google and other search engines, curious people easily gain more knowledge, and in general our population is more informed.

“Cell phones provide so much information to students,” social studies teacher Dana Hilliard said. “However, academically, students no longer think for themselves because they google all the answers.”

Cell phones were originally intended as helpers to society, but has our world become too dependent on them?  Have they had more of a negative effect than a positive one?

“[cell phones] have made it so high schoolers have a lackluster vocabulary and can’t carry on a decent conversation,” senior Josh Scott said.

With texting came the age of abbreviations and emojis, a language all on its own. Many believe that not only has texting and other social media impacted kids’ English abilities but also their social skills.

Without ever having to talk to people in person, it’s easy to be overly cruel or mean. It’s simple to dehumanize someone when you can’t see them.

Cyber bullying is one of the big drawbacks to this situation. It becomes increasingly easy for people to distance themselves from what they are doing by being behind a screen.

“Socially, people are mean because they don’t have to tell it to their faces,” Hilliard said. “They can hide behind their phones.”

Our world is changing and that involves cell phones as well as other technology. This is a simple fact that won’t change, but we must remember not to get too caught up in it. Our lives don’t have to revolve around those shiny metal and glass squares in our pockets. We can have fun without putting it on social media. And we should all try to think for ourselves.  So, be nice and enjoy the technology our time has given us.

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